Combined Heat and Power (CHP) represents a proven, effective, and underutilized near-term energy option to help the western states enhance energy efficiency, promote economic growth, maintain a robust energy infrastructure, and reduce emissions.
As an energy efficiency technology, CHP has many benefits, yet it remains underutilized due to market and non-market barriers. A key to achieving additional use of CHP is successful implementation of state policies. Experience shows that successful implementation approaches often have three main features – they send clear market signals, they have successful follow-through, and where applicable they adhere to the principle of ratepayer benefits or neutrality.
See below for examples and resources for effective state strategies that policymakers and regulators could consider to:
- Recognize CHP as a cost-effective and environmentally beneficial energy resource
- Communicate the benefits of and opportunities for CHP
- Enable modification of utility programs to be consistent with the intent of policy and to design programs that consider and balance the interests of all participating customers
- Ensure that there are no unintended barriers to full market access in retail competition states